As time and technology progress, we need to abandon our naivete and realize the threats before us. Complaining about the rise of persecutions is normal, but not very productive.
In these times, courage is required to confront Satan and his forces. Yet, it’s worthless unless it’s combined with faith (Hebrews 11:6), perseverance (Romans 5:3) and the spiritual armament constructed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17). In addition, we must be wise, cautious and perceptive. Continue reading
The internet is awash with talk of fake news. It almost seems like those who talk most about it are most guilty of it. It wouldn’t be the first time for something like that to happen.
The whole fake-news brouhaha appears to be politically motivated. Media groups pledge to root it out. They’re the same ones who were in the bag for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Something’s rotten in Denmark.
But we can expect such things from the world. Corruption and dishonesty are to be found at every turn.
In matters of the Spirit, however, we look for truth. We spurn human theologies and traditions in order to discover the right path of God. That search must turn to the Bible, where it will find its goal. Continue reading
The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ. A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.” David said, “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered” (Psalm 40:5 NKJV). Just reading the Bible “in order,” and without myths, builds a powerful, attractive case for us to love and serve Him. He created our world and us from nothing, led the history of mankind to Jesus Christ, and showed us His love through the cross. “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Last night, in the airport, I asked The Missus for any telephone numbers she could remember of friends. I’d forgotten to take my cellphone. I was thinking that, if I had car problems on the hour-long drive home, at least I’d have some phone numbers written down in my agenda.
What few numbers I keep are in my cellphone. I couldn’t recall any number at all. Fortunately, she could.
Like most everything else, memory requires exercise. We complain that we can’t remember things. Our lack of memory is probably due to lack of mental exercise. We depend upon our devices to provide recall.
Considering our mental laziness, extra effort is needed to remember the Word of God. Things we need to do to remember it? Continue reading
At the moment, my life is at a point that I don’t even have time to read, much less reply to, this position of the biblical necessity of creeds. (Yes, I know that sounds ominous about me-self, but do not fear for me.) The title, however, makes clear that the position cuts across a basic thesis of our people. (And, it would seem, that of most people who claim to take the Bible alone as their authority.)
I’d be pleased to see a good answer given to this, nay, not just one, but many.
#creeds #creedalism #Bible
An old song says something to effect that “to know you is to love you.” They must have gotten that from the Bible, with a twist. Paul says, “But if someone loves God, he is known by God” 1Cor 8.3.
The apostle to the Gentiles was swatting down those who touted knowledge as the great value of the Way, who said that what you know makes you important. The only thing that knowledge does, by itself, is to puff you up, or, as we say where I grew up (which is where I am now), give you the big head. It makes you conceited. It does nothing for your brother in Christ. Continue reading
Even seemingly trivial incidents recorded in scripture often contain great lessons for those who are willing to learn from them. The apostle Paul was absolutely right when he said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable . . .” (II Timothy 3:16-17). Consider the following incident recorded in all four of the gospel records.
“And, suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear” (Matthew 26:51, NKJV). From this text, we do not know who cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest, we do not know the servant’s name, nor do we know which ear was cut off. Continue reading